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the obama administration, i'm quoting him now, of a, quote, massive cover-up. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. she's working this story for us. how those are pretty stinging and strong words, barbara. >> reporter: absolutely, wolf. you know, the whole benghazi situation has already led to delays in confirming some of president obama's key appointees. chuck hagel at defense, john brennan at the cia, and now senator mccain saying he is not ready to call it a day on all of this. a congress hearing -- >> then you ought to have your facts straight. >> reporter: after congressional hearing. >> who responsible then? >> reporter: republican senator john mccain challenge, the white house on its response to benghazi. now he is going further on nbc's "meet the press." >> so there are many, many questions and we have had a massive cover-up. >> a cover-up of what? i'm just saying you, a cover-up of what? >> i'll be glad to send you a list of questions that have not been answered. >> reporter: the white house says it's given answers. conducted 20 briefings for congress. official
he's more than ready to leave washington. let's go to pentagon correspondent barbara starr. she joins us live. he can't leave just yet, right, barbara? >> well, jim, he made it as far as his home in california. the question is, is he really still defense secretary? this should have been leon panetta's final appearance as secretary of defense. >> my office is packed up, sylvia is packing at home. i'm ready to go. >> a ceremony for former secretary of state, hillary clinton, who already made it out the door. >> it is probably a good thing at this point in time that we have a chance to get some damn rest. >> but as panetta was saying good-bye -- >> on this vote, the yes are 58 and the nays are 62. >> falling short of the votes needed to break a filibuster. keeping panetta, for now, from his retirement. but not from his immediate plans. panetta flew home to his california walnut farm as he does on many weekends. on tuesday, he comes back to washington and then on to brus brussels for a nato summit. on friday, he returns. but will he go back to work at the pentagon or go back home? >> leon
that are coherent than at the level of the entire pentagon. the more discretion you give the white house, the easier these cuts might go. so senator republicans of that said, we're willing to give you that discretion. house republicans are gearing up to pass legislation along those lines as well. the thing is that senate democrats are not going to go along with it and the president doesn't want to go along with it. if the president has that discretion to see to it those cults don't have such disastrous effects then the president actually owns the cuts that he actually has to make. so partly there's a pass the buck dynamic going on here as well. >> let me jump through this quickly on one quick question. if, in fact, this does not -- the sequester comes through and the economy gets into trouble, next year we go to the midterm votes, do you think voters will look back and say, it was the republicans' fault? or do you think by then it will be the usual equation of, you're the party in charge, democrats, the economy's failing again, it's your fault, you pay? what do you think? >> i think the real fight i
of superstorm sandy won't get money to repair their homes and businesses. the pentagon will take a major hit in its huge civilian work force. >> this is not a beltway phenomenon. more than 80% of our civilians work outside of the dc metro area. they live and work in every state of the union. if furloughs experience a 20% decrease in their pay between late april >> one economist estimates the sequester could put more than 2 million people out of work. ten percent of them in california. >> pam: developing at five -- the midwest feeling the pain of a severe winter storm. right now air travel still trying to recover -- this is video from an airport in st. louis. passengers stranded overnight. now the storm is moving towards new england. i'm here in the weather center with jaqueline -- is the worst over? >> jacqueline: it is not over. from what we can see in the south. some of these storms are severe towards the gulf coast. we swe can see the flow coming off of the gulf of mexico and ises impacting mississippi. through georgia. as we take a look and and what is in the mornings, these rainfall tot
? >> at the pentagon. >> this is the first time hearing of this. when did this happen? did they make this decision on the cruise ship? >> no. no, they didn't. it actually happened in washington. >> really? that's fascinating. >> which is its own permanent port-a-potty. >> okay. mika, for those of us that were just sitting there looking at a cruise ship for 24 hours instead of following the real news, why don't you catch us up with what actually happened yesterday in the news. >> republicans blocked a vote yesterday that would have ended the debate and allowed for a final decision one way or another. democrats fell just shy of the votes needed to advance the process. something president obama chalked up to partisan politics. >> there's nothing in the constitution that says that somebody should get 60 votes. there are only a handful of instances in which there's been any kind of filibuster of anybody for a cabinet position in our history. and what seems to be happening -- and this has been growing over time -- is the republican minority in the senate seem to think that the rule now is that you have
furloughs. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr has one worker's stories. she's joining us. barbara? >> wolf, we've heard about this fancy washington word sequester for months now. what does it really mean? it means for hundreds and thousands of federal workers trying to figure out how to live on less. maintaining fighter jets and warships at the ready, providing care at military hospitals, crucial military functions done by some 800,000 civilian workers. now the pentagon has told congress these workers will be forced to stay home one day a week without pay if mandatory spending cuts are not averted. >> everybody is waiting to hear. it's definitely become the new "f "word here. furlough. >> for federal workers it will mean painful decisions. peter is already making plans. >> i'll pay those core bills. i'll pay the mortgage and the utilities and then you live on what's left. >> the head of the government workers union says his people have already suffered. >> already these employees have suffered a 27-month pay freeze. now a 20% pay cut. >> the impact of a one day a week furlough for
including cost support options, call 1-888-xarelto or visit goxarelto.com. >>> the pentagon is warning today of drastic civilian cutbacks under the automatic budget cuts set for march 1st. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr is standing by with more on that story. what are they saying? >> well, you know, fredricka, we've been hearing for weeks about this fancy word around washington called sequester. what are we really talking about? layoffs at the pentagon, cutbacks in military spending, but it is the layoffs that are going to start if this budget cut problem is not solved, if congress cannot avert mandatory spending cuts. what the pentagon did is notify congress, are some 800,000 civilian workers are facing one day of furlough for the next 22 weeks. it is going to start hitting an awful lot of people right in the pocketbook. i want you to have a quick listen to one of the pentagon officials that explained some of the impact today. >> the effects of sequestration and the continuing resolution on our military personnel will be devastating. but on our civilians, it will be catastrophic.
at the pentagon, chuck hagel, and then john brennan, his pick for the cia. obviously the benghazi matter is an obstacle for chuck hagel's confirmation and vote there in congress and then this john brennan matter is very important to the issue of these targeted drone strikes, rand paul, the senator from kentucky has said that he is willing to hold up that vote on john brennan. if he doesn't receive assurances from the white house that the united states will not target any drone strikes on americans on american soil. so some of this information i think the administration is hoping will at least for now satisfy some of those members with these concerns, wolf. >> it's going to be a tough battle, i take it. both of these confirmations likely to go through next week. but it's by no means a done deal, is it? >> reporter: it's not a -- especially when you have senators saying they may hold up nominees and so we're going to have to wait and see whether or not senator paul is satisfied with the information that he's getting from the white house. but this is perhaps, you know, a break in an impasse
effective in dealing inside the pentagon? >> i would worry about a congress being jammed to support a nominee that the "washington post" is said to the left of obama policy agenda and on the fringe of the senate. >> heather: joining me now is brad blakeman and erlina maxwell i'll start with you. it does appear that chuck hagel will be confirmed as secretary of defense. will this delay his performance during his confirmation hearing make him a less effective or respected secretary of defense? >> process isn't over and the delay is a caused by hagel himself. additional information was needed in his testimony. the senators have a right to review that material and use that in their judgment. assuming he is confirmed, certainly his performance before the senate was not of the caliber as anybody would thought as somebody seeking the department of defense. it was not where it should have been. he knows that. certainly the white house knows that. having said that, i think the jury out. they are going to be looking to see when she confirmed as to whether he is up for the job. really the burd
mitchell reports," the chopping block. nine days to go and with no budget deal, the pentagon announces upcoming furloughs for 700,000 civilian employees. >>> as his first speech as secretary of state today, john kerry issued a warning about the budget impasse. >> the looming days of budget sequester that everyone actually wants to avoid, or most, we can't be strong in the world unless we are strong at home. my credibility as a diplomat working to help other countries create order is strongest when america at last puts its own fiscal house in order, and that has to be now. >>> mending fences. president obama calls marco rubio and lindsey graham to talk immigration reform as john mccain faces an angry town hall at home. >> i'd like to respond to any questions or comments or insults that you may have. >> believe me, that is only the beginning. wait until you see what happens next. >>> joe biden being biden. the vice president's frank advice to parents on self defense and gun control. >> if you want to protect yourself, get a double-barrel shotgun. you don't need an ar-15. it's harder to a
agency in washington. the pentagon could see roughly half of those reductions and that has republicans upset. >> we're going to begin to unravel the finest military in the history of the world at a time we need it most. >> reporter: mandatory cuts in domestic spending could also hit americans hard. there could be furloughs of food safety employees leading to a shortage of meat poultry, and eggs, and pushing up food prices. 50,000 tsa workers could see their hours cut back. that would mean longer security lines for air travelers. and more than 350,000 people who need mental health treatment could be denied. hundreds of thousands of government workers from teachers to federal law enforcement agents are likely to be furloughed. many republicans admit the sequester isn't ideal, but they insist cuts have to be made. >> let me be very clear, and i'd say this to the president as i say it to you -- these spending cuts are going to go through on march 1. >> reporter: the white house warns the cuts would get phased in just as the stock market is bouncing back. >> our hope is
out of federal programs and the pentagon. 800,000 civilian employees have been told by the defense department that they will likely be placed on unpaid leave. with the house and senate still in recess, a number of democrats are calling for congress to reconvene to deal with this mess. secretary of state john kerry, meanwhi meanwhile, is reminding his former colleagues that actions here at home do have global implications. take a listen. >> it is often said that we cannot be strong at home if we're not strong in the world. but in these days of a looming budget sequester that everyone actually wants to avoid, or most, we can't be strong in the world unless we are strong at home. my credibility is a diplomat, working to help other countries create order is strongest when america, at last, puts its own fiscal house in order. and that has to be now. let's reach a responsible agreement that prevents these senseless consults. let's not lose this opportunity because of politics. >> you know, mike barnicle, politics is such a cruel, cruel game. seriously. there's one guy that gets to the to
to hack into, let's say, the pentagon. >> reporter: and those fighting back say we can help. step one, avoid any message that looks suspicious. >> and that really comes from people who are not very careful about pass words, particularly pass words, e-mail pass words. >> reporter: so be careful because there are steps we can take to protect ourselves and our private data. in an ironic twist, the chinese hackers were found because in order to communicate with each other outside of the chinese firewall they had to logon to their facebook and twitter accounts where they were discovered. silicon valley technology at work to expose the hackers as well as to protect us from them. jessica? >> okay, thank you, scott. now one thing hackers could not disrupt is the steady march of google stock. shares reached a new peak today, $800 a share boosted by a rumor that google may soon open retail stores ala apple. california's largest public pension system is taking a stand on gun violence, withdrawing investments that make assault weapons and saturday night specials, both are illegal in california. t
the sequestration happen. the commonwealth would be burdened by the budget cuts with the pentagon, the u.s. navy base and high numbers of defense and civilian government contractors in the state. >> the president's day celebration is in full swing in alexandria. rolled through old town this afternoon. visitors can get into historic sites. take walking tours. there are even wine tastings going on. >> if you couldn't get to the parade, luck out with tickets to the white house easter egg roll. the lottery opens thursday morning at 10:00. you have from then to the 25th to sign up. march 1st find out if you snagged a ticket in the lottery. scheduled for monday april the 1st. that is the day after easter. head over to myfoxdc.com and look for a link to the ticket site. hopefully you'll have more luck than people trying to get beyonce tickets. >> i'm keeping my fingers crossed. >>> coming up tonight, a new study shows a positive impact certain tv shows can have on your children. >> i pushed him away. that's when he slapped jonah. >> and a man accused of slapping a toddler gets slapped back by his emplo
, when it comes to cuts, maybe it's not as bad as the pentagon and others are warning. because he says republicans should argue that overall defense spending is still on the rise. now, cornyn admits that this is even a change for him. help said he would listen to leon panetta and others say these across the board spending cuts would be devastating. but he says he looked into it and he decided the best message for himself and other republicans, and of course this is the number two senate republican, is to say, you know what, maybe it's not going to be that bad. but as you well know, wolf, arguing that any cuts in military spending is an anthem ma to most republicans so i would imagine he's going to get some backlash on that messaging when he talks to republicans about it tomorrow. >> when it comes to gop legislation to prevent the negative impact from the sequester, what are you hearing, what's going on? >> reporter: what's going on right now is there is sort of the leading idea among senate republicans for a proposal that they will probably vote on this week. is to give the president f
stopper in all of this, wolf. >> thank you very much, barbara starr at pentagon. >>> up next here in "the situation room," a feud involving the actor alec baldwin and a new york post photographer. there's different versions about what happened. that's coming up next. the ones with the strong shoulder to lean on, the ones we're named after, and the ones named after us. it takes all kinds of good to make a family. at new york life, everything we do is to help you keep good going. music: "make someone happy" music: "make someone happy" ♪it's so important to make someone happy.♪ it's so important to make meone happy.♪ ♪make just one someone happy ♪and you will be happy too. then you're going to love this. right now they're only $14.95! wow-a grt deal just got a whole lot better. hurry. $14.95 won't last. >>> here's a look at this hour's hot shots. in new york, thousands line the streets to mark the year of the snake at the festival last sunday. >>> in bali, a beautiful sunset over the water. >>> in california, paragliders come in for a landing over the beach. send in your photos to
at the pentagon, but probably be confirmed anyway, now, hagel was widely criticized during his performance during the confirmation hearing and they delayed the vote so they'd have more time to ask the questions about the nominee, they say there should be be no hurry. and it's an important position. and here is senator lindsey graham on fox news sunday. >> i think we're doing our job to scrutinize, i think, one of the most unqualified, radical choices for secretary of defense in a very long time. >> meantime, senator john mccain says that hagel is not qualified, but he thinks it's time to go ahead with a vote since enough time has gone by to ask questions and now shall the white house is worried because two important nominations are going so slowly not only hagel, but john brennan to head the cia. >> between john brennan, the cia director and chuck hagel secretary of defense, we want to make sure we have them sitting in the the chairs working and i don't want something to have been missed because of the hangup in washington. >> reporter: and the vote is expected sometime after congress returns to
this command, cyber command, saying we have to defend our infrastructure, and the pentagon's infrastructure to be sure, and then we have to have capability. those kinds will help deter some of the activities taking place right now. >> i remember once interviewing a former french official who was in charge of the french intelligence operation against our splekt wal property and trade secrets, and he was very open about it as a retired espionage agent for france. thank you very much, bill cohen. >> good to be with you. >> up neck, fighting that cyber war, we talk to former homeland security chief michael cherthoff. up for an oscar and detained at the airport? you're watching "andrea mitchell reports" only on msnbc. commitment to the gulf. and every day since, we've worked hard to keep it. today, the beaches and gulf are open for everyone to enjoy. we've shared what we've learned, so we can all produce energy more safely. bp's also committed to america. we support nearly two-hundred-fifty thousand jobs and invest more here than anywhere else. we're working to fuel america for generations to co
to cause more problems before heading out over the atlantic on monday. >>> the pentagon ordered its entire fleet of f-35 fighter jets grounded. here's why. a crack was found in the engine of one of the planes during a routine inspection. at nearly $400 billion, this high-tech jet system, this is for all of them, the most expensive weapon system in military history. $400 billion buys you 51 planes in that fleet. >>> a homework assignment has many up in arms. listen to this. two teachers at a new york elementary school wrote math word problems on slavery. here's one of the questions -- in a slave ship, there are 3,799 slaves. one day the slaves took over the ship. 1,897 slaves were dead. how many slaves are left? we could have done this with apples. the department of education says they will take disciplinary action against those teachers. training will also be required for all staff at the school. >>> the justice department says it plans to sue lance armstrong for using performance-enhancing drugs. they will join in the suit filed two years ago by former teammate floyd landis. the civil law
take up that office in the pentagon. it's definitely poisoning the well in some regard, given i think the president had hoped to make a fresh start and seek accommodation in the beginning of his second term. this is not going to make anything easier on the other negotiations that are coming. >> molly, thank you very much. greatly appreciate you joining us for the postscript. we'll see you soon. >> thank you. >> president obama just arrived in his hometown of chicago. in just about an hour, the president is expected to talk about gun control at a high school there not far from his home. up next, i'll talk to a woman whose pregnant sister and her brother-in-law were gunned down by a 16-year-old in chicago. what is she hoping to hear from this president today? lobsterfest is the king of all promotions. there's nothing like our grilled lobster and lobster tacos. the bar harbor bake is really worth trying. [ male announcer ] get more during red lobster's lobsterfest. with the year's largest selection of mouth-watering lobster entrees. like our delicious lobster lover's dream, featuring two
the pentagon is suggesting there will be 700,000 civilian layoffs. real people are being effected now, but everyone expects this will kick in in nine days and then, i guess, the white house thinks they'll negotiate the continuing resolution and some sort of an agreement will occur magically before the end of march. republicans still say they won't buy into any taxes. so we haven't bridged any of these gaps. >> we haven't, andrea. look, i know the president came out and gave a statement yesterday sort of expressing his desire for a deal, but i think this is really about -- and republicans are doing this too -- about positioning for march 2nd and beyond. no one expects a congress, who isn't even here this week, they are taking the president's week off, fine with me if i had that week off. they are taking this week off. next week they are back. congress doesn't get big budget deals done in eight days' time, seven days' time. the political positioning to see who has the upper hand in the negotiations that, in theory, will go on once we past march 1st and the cuts, as you point out which w
dump them a little bit more money to the pentagon and try to offset some of the damages. right now we really don't know, and there's really no one that has proposed anything that could pass both chambers at this point. >> jake sherman, thank you very much. good to see you. >> with our politico briefing. coming up next, to the vatican. s will the vatican now fast track the election of the new pope? we're live in rome next. ann thompson coming up right here on "andrea mitchell reports." [ male announcer ] here's a word you should keep in mind. unbiased. some brokerage firms are. but way too many aren't. why? because selling their funds makes them more money. which makes you wonder -- isn't that a conflict? search "proprietary mutual funds." yikes! then go to e-trade. we've got over 8,000 mutual funds, and not one of them has our name on it. we're in the business of finding the right investments for you. e-trade. less for us. more for you. the fund's prospectus contains its investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information and should be read and considered
is "usa today's" pentagon reporter. he wrote the article. welcome. >> good morning, carol. >> thanks so much for enlightening us on this issue. this program sends americans to iraq and afghanistan to win hearts and minds. tell us about sexual harassment, racism. outline these problems for us. >> these come in an army investigative report that we were -- we obtained through a freedom of information act request. the harassment seemed pretty gross. it was a contractor at the training base making really untoward comments toward the women. eventually, he was fired. that was documented. as well as racism. there was a white soldier who was referring to a section of the program and saying it was a ghetto because it had black people in it. that soldier was disciplined. >> yet some of the members of this group, with all the problems, were making more money than the secretary of defense? >> that's the most disturbing problem. it regards time sheet padding, and it was encouraged, apparently, according to the documents we found. these people were saying they routinely worked 84-hour weeks, billing f
of the pentagon's f-35 fighter jets. grounded after a cracked engine blade discovered on the air force version of the jet on routine inspection. all f-35s were grounded, even though the marines and navy use different versions. it is being sent to the manufacturer to figure out what happened. if you have an f-35, don't fly it today. >>> boeing hopes to get the dreamliner flying as soon as possible. executives met with the faa to talk about the ongoing battery issues that grounded the fleet in the first place. bowing is proposing a fix for the batteries, even though they don't know what caused them to overheat. the faa is reviewing the proposal closely. >>> microsoft has been hacked. a small number of computers infected with malware. the attack is similar to the recent ones that plagued apple, facebook and twitter. it doesn't appear any customers' information is affected. >>> dangerous flog in australia has killed at least two people. look at the pictures. many drivers left stranded because of rising waters there. >>> nearly four months after superstorm sandy ravaged the northeast. the last of t
-minute negotiations and each says the other is playing politics. the pentagon would take a major hit. senator john mccain says today that the impact on the military would be unconscionable and could mean longer tours of duty for troops in afghanistan. the nation's governors, democrat and republican, anticipate possible economic effects in their states. >> all of this is a concern for our respective states, if they do nothing or what the alternatives could be. are starting to comeifficult out of it and it is getting better and unfortunately the sequester could put us right back where we were. >> the sequester takes effect march 1 unless congress takes action to stop it so far, no action. >> no action? no one talking to each other? what a surprise. >>heather: think the budget battles in washington, dc will not hit you in the government warning now that if sequestration occurs it could mean a furlough of meat inspection workers which could cause trouble at the meat market. >> politics could get in the way of being able to eat the foods we like to eat. >> if this happens, the prices could go up a little
if chuck hagel finds out if he should be running the pentagon. senate gem kratz failed to muster enough support to move hagel's nomination to the floor for a vote yesterday. the white house remains confident that hagel will be confirmed but accuses republicans of political posturing. >> ayes are 58, innays are 40. >> reporter: chuck hagel fell short of the votes needed to break a filibuster for his nomination to be the defense secretary. >> the filibuster of senator hagglehag hagel nomination is unprecedented. not a single nominee for defense secretary has ever been filibuster, never, ever. >> reporter: republicans argue they need more time, too controversial only to be confirmed days after getting through committee on a party line vote. >> we have a constitutional responsibility to -- to consider the nominee. a number of the republican senators have questions. >> reporter: democrats see it another way. republicans are dragging their feet on hagel to look for more information to bring them down. >> let's not hide behind a filibuster. let's have the kourcourage, vots or no. don't hide be
in the action, so to speak. but the pentagon has to deal with congress, with republican lawmakers and won't this affect their relationship? >> of course not. this is always transaction. as it happens for the last 70 or 100 years. whatever of the things, hagel was a senator, he understands how the place works how he's got three people that can help him because the president doesn't like dealing with the senate very much. who can blame him now he's got joe biden, john kerry and chuck hagel all skilled with dealing with the senate and that will be helpful for him moving through. >> you know, carol, this is one of the reasons why it's so problematic for republicans. and rich is right that there have been some holds and some there be something like this in the past. but we're in a very different place right now. and the reasons that they are stating as to why they are against chuck hagel do not pass muster. >> right. >> the american people are sick of petty politics in washington. this is a president, he has said he's willing to meet the republicans halfway. we have yet to see the halfway that
it all the way to 20 years. chris lawrence, cnn, the pentagon. >> chris, thank you. "cnn newsroom" starts at the top of the hour. deborah feyerick is here. what do you have? >> first we'll talk about this cosmic collision that's happening. you had the asteroid that just came within the earth's gps satellites. then the meteor that fell to earth as you're seeing there in russia, hurting more than 1,000 people. and last night there was a flash over the skies in san francisco. so we're going to be taking a look at all that, talking to a nasa expert, and also getting a live report out of russia as well. plus, our legal guys, they uls have plenty to say, as you know. >> yes. >> we'll be talking about the twisted sex tale of jodi arias and what she's testifying to on the stand as she fights for her life. she's accused of killing her boyfriend. also we'll talk about a pregnant teenager who's gotten a restraining order against her own parents. we'll give you the reason behind that. and in case you feel you haven't been putting in that exercise you need to put in, we'll talk with jillian michaels f
to severe cuts to the pentagon. you see just four states there including georgia and virginia which could lose more than 100,000 jobs each over the next ten years. cuts in grants to the states could lead to big reductions in food aid to the poor, low income energy assistance, child care and development and other social services as well. and really this is only the start. again, ten days left at this point. >>> now, we want to bring you some of the hottest stories of the day in a flash. we're keeping an eye on the jodi areas trial. she admits to the gruesome killing of travis alexander. late this morning her attorney began to lead arias through the weeks before the brutal killing. arias read an angry text from travis about a drawing that he had done which she left behind. >> imagine if i did that to you with something you gave me. give me a pardon from any madness. i don't need it. it's wearing me out and if it continues, just like i have to give you motivation to tell me the truth, i'll give you motivation to quit screwing with me. >> arias has given multiple versions of the killings. she
. >>> and this breaking news here. the pentagon is grounding all-35 fig fighter planes. f-35 fighter planes all being grounded. inspectors found a crack in an engine fan blade during an inspection inc california. we'll keep following the story and bring you details as we learn them. >>> and u.s. officials warn iran is one step closer to a enthusiast nuclear weapon. a new centrifuge that can accelerate the enrichment process. for more on this, this is a week out from tehran's nuclear talks in kazakhstan. is this an act of defiancdefian? >> reporter: certainly it kind of calls into question, fred, whether the iranians are really serious about taking steps to prove that its nuclear program is peaceful. even as they're getting ready to talk, the new centrifuges can produce you're an yes, ma'am three or four times faster than its old ones. one step closer to having a nuclear bomb more quickly, that's really a concern that they can more quickly produce this nuclear material. they're also working on some of those other components of the nuclear weapon such as the delivery system. so it's a very alarming dev
's quest to take over at the pentagon. >> we don't have the information we need and i am going to fight the idea of jamming somebody through until we get answers. >> reporter: republican lindsey graham repeating a threat to block the vote until he gets an answer from the white house on whether the president called libyan officials the night of the deadly benghazi attack. this after a sometimes bitter debate in the normally bipartisan senate armed services committ committee. texas republican ted cruz demanded to know more about hagel's speeches. >> we do not know, for example, if he received compensation for giving paid speeches at extreme or radical groups. it is at a mineral vanity to know if that $200,000 that he deposited in his bank account came directly from saudi arabia, came directly from north korea. >> reporter: angering democrats. >> we are not going to accept your suggestion and innuendo that there's some conflict of interest here because there is no evidence of a conflict of interest. >> reporter: and prompting this response from fellow republican john mccain. >> and no one
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